The Board of the social democratic party of Germany unanimously nominated a candidate for the post of the Federal Chancellor, the former head of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. In addition, Schulz will become the leader of the SPD is Sigmar Gabriel. About this reports Deutsche Welle.
Officially his election as candidate for Chancellor and head of the party will be held at the party Congress in mid-March.
Schulz was mayor of the city of Würselen in the West of Germany. Since 1994 he became a member of the European Parliament, and in 2012 became its head.
Schultz will be a rival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will run for a fourth term from the Christian democratic Union.
The candidate of the SPD has promised to make his party the strongest in the country and lead the government of Germany.
“I come into the fight with the intention of becoming Chancellor of Germany. The SPD comes into the fight with an eye on next elections to the Bundestag become the most powerful political force of our country,” he said.
On January 24 the leader of the SPD, Sigmar Gabriel, refused the nomination to the Chancellor of Germany from his party in the elections to the Bundestag nominated Schultz. Gabriel became the German foreign Minister, replacing Frank-Walter Steinmeier.